Alberta Cross – The Thief and The Heartbreaker

by oz on September 25, 2007

Alberta Cross

It seems like every week I have a new favorite band. I’ve been hooked on Port O’Brien for a while now, but Alberta Cross pulled the rug out from under me and has dominated my player for the past 5 days. Their self-produced debut album, The Thief and The Heartbreaker, is phenomenal.

These London rockers look to the past for influence, but their sound is not contrived. The album kicks off with the title track, slowly building from percussion to added bass line to guitar solo, before it all starts melting together into something fantastic. Petter Ericson Stakee’s voice tops it all off to give it an ethereal sound.

While “The Thief and The Heartbreaker” is a fairly intense track summoned by 60’s psychadelia, it is followed by a gem of a tune called “Lucy Rider” and another entitled “Hard Breaks,” both of which have a more laid back, California soul vibe. The next two tracks, “Low Man” and “I’ve Known for Long” will find you knee-deep in emotion and the former will have you thinking of Jim James on early My Morning Jacket albums like At Dawn or The Tennessee Fire.

The Thief and The Heartbreaker has a smooth finish with the upbeat “Old Man Chicago” and the gospel track “The Devil’s All You Ever Had.” It’s a perfect ending to a short, but sensational debut album. Alberta Cross may owe a nod to their influences, but their sound is all their own. I think there’s a word that describes it. Timeless.

There are some mp3’s below but visit Alberta Cross on Myspace to hear more. I’d recommend just buying these 7 songs at iTunes.

Alberta Cross – The Thief and The Heartbreaker (courtesy of Mainstream Isn’t So Bad, Is It?)

Alberta Cross – Lucy Rider (courtesy of Rock Insider)

Alberta Cross – “Lucy Rider” Video

Alberta Cross – “Hard Breaks” Video

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Woody September 27, 2007 at 8:36 am

There are not enough superlative adjectives to utilize in describing this band. Truly one of the best new bands I have heard in quite some time.

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